National Security

National Security Minister meets with senior police officials on crime strategies

Minister of National Security Edmund Dillon met today with senior members of the Police Service to discuss strategies in fighting crime, and in particular, the high murder rate.

Those involved in the meeting were Commissioner of Police (Ag) Stephen Williams, Deputy Commissioners of Police (Ag.) Mr. Harold Phillip; Mr. Deodat Dulalchan; and Ms. Erla Christopher, Assistant Commissioner of Police Mr. Irwin Hackshaw and Divisional Commanders of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).

Government holds security talks with Australian national security personnel

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and his delegation attended a number of meetings in Sydney, Australia today, the Office of the Prime Minister said.

In the first instance, Prime Minister Rowley led his team in a meeting with Australian Export Finance (EFIC) at their headquarters in Sydney.

EFIC is Australia's export credit agency whose loans are backed by the Australian Government and geared towards assisting Australian exporters.

PM tours Australian shipyards seeking best marine patrol vessels for T&T

Having completed his official visit to the People's Republic of China, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley arrived in Perth Australia on Sunday 20th May, 2018 to commence his working visit to that country, the Office of the Prime Minister said in a statement Monday.

The delegation that traveled on to Australia with Prime Minister Rowley included Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, Senator Dennis Moses and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister and Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney General Stuart Young.

Rambachan tells Ag Commissioner citizens should be allowed non-lethal means of self-defence

Member of Parliament for Tabaquite Dr Surujrattan Rambachan is calling on the acting police commissioner to identify how members of the public can legally protect themselves.

In a letter to Stephen Williams, Dr Rambachan lamented the failure by the Police Service to improve safety and security throughout the country and questioned how a citizen can legally take matters into their own hands.

The Opposition MP also slammed the arms of the state which should protect citizens against criminals including politicians, law enforcement and the judiciary.

Military investigates allegation of rape against soldier

The Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force is attempting to verify damning claims that a soldier raped several school girls.

Yesterday, a widely circulated post suggested that a private from the Cumuto Barracks set up a girl to visit a house where he allegedly drugged and raped her.

It also alleged that he works with a school girl to lure his victims.

She has reportedly confessed to investigators.

A statement from the Defense Force says its first objective is to determine the veracity of the allegations.

Investigation launched into prisoners' feast at prison

A video of prisoners feasting, chanting, cavorting and recording their activities comfortably on banned cellular phones at the Maximum Security Prison is now the subject of an investigation.

Prisoner escapes from holding bay of Arima Court

Police and prison officers are searching for an inmate of the Golden Grove Maximum Security Prison who escaped custody this morning while being held in a holding bay at the Arima Magistrate's Court.

He has been identified as Teddy Singh, who is charged with murder.

Initial reports indicate that the prisoner made his escape around 10.30 am when he was taken to court.

He is of brown complexion, is 5 feet 9 inches tall, slim-built and of East Indian descent with a ponytail hairstyle.

Rowdy prisoners throw faeces at police officers

Police officers attached to Sangre Grande Court and Process Unit were attacked late yesterday by prisoners, who threw faeces and urine at them from within the court’s holding cell at Sangre Grande Police Station.

The prisoners, most of whom were murder accused, allegedly began throwing faeces and urine at officers as they returned with prisoners from the nearby Magistrate’s Court. The prisoners then set fire to toilet paper and pieces of sponge.

Legislation coming to protect servicemen from criminals

National Security Minister Edmund Dillon yesterday gave the assurance that several pieces of legislation and policies are being drafted by the Office of the Attorney General to protect prison and police officers who have become constant targets by the criminal element.

Dillon was speaking at the passing out and induction of 177 prison recruits of the T&T Prison Service at the Golden Grove Prison in Arouca yesterday. He said he would not tolerate violence or murder against civil officers who protect and serve their country.

Hinds: Electronic bracelets for prisoners taking too long

Minister in the Office of the Attorney General and chairman of a Joint Select Committee of Parliament on National Security Fitzgerald Hinds has expressed concern that in the face of a worsening crime situation six years after the passage of legislation which legalises electronic bracelets, was “horribly behind schedule,” but officials are assuring that they are now looking at a November 2018 implementation with testing to be done in August.